Students Participating as Ambassadors for Research in Kentucky (SPARK) is a dynamic collaboration between the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) with a purpose of training a diverse cohort of undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and communities across the UK campus to conduct impactful research to improve health disparities.
Students are introduced to community-engaged research focused on health disparities/health equity and receive extensive mentorship. Students identify a research topic, program leaders assist in identifying mentors, and students work with their mentors to develop a project. Students conduct this project in their home communities over the summer, receiving funds to support their research. After implementing the project, students meet with their mentors, undertake data analysis and write-up, and present and publish their research in professional settings.
You can read more about the program at the following links: